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News: 2012 Press Release
For Release: July 17, 2012
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Department Of Insurance Issues Warning Regarding Bogus Checks
Questionable Checks Should Be Verified or Reported
The California Department of Insurance (CDI) today announced that some checks bearing the name of the Department and purportedly signed by the Insurance Commissioner are fraudulent.
Recently, checks have been circulated and presented as a "payment" or "refund" from the CDI; however, the Department does not issue checks such as these and is warning consumers and businesses to be on alert if they are presented with a check of this type.
Investigators report that the fraudulent checks have been found in Southern California and five other states, with values between $2,000 and $5,000.
Any consumer or business that questions the validity of a check, or persons with information about this fraudulent activity, should contact the CDI at (909) 919-2200.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California, regulating the $123 billion insurance marketplace. In 2012 the California Department of Insurance received more than 160,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $64 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP. Out-of-state callers, please dial 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.
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